Federal Govt To Include Schools’ Security In 2023 Budget

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The 2023 budget features a commitment from the federal government to fund school security.

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, stated at the safe-school summit held by the Emergency Coordination Center on Thursday in Abuja, “In 2023 budget, we will make sure we make specific budget to support financing of safety of our schools.”

She noted that the Federal Government would also be encouraging states to make specific commitments to the safety of schools.

She noted that consultation were underway with states, local governments and critical stakeholders to identify the most transparent, effective and accountable ways of mobilising and deploying resources.

Ahmed also disclosed that the national financing plan for the security and safety of schools across the country would be unveiled before the end of the third quarter of this year.

She said the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning had established a committee with members drawn from the relevant ministries, departments and agencies, including the Federal Ministry of Education, the military and other security agencies, for this purpose.

“The committee has been working assiduously to collate inputs from relevant MDAs and to develop a national plan for financing safe schools,” She added, “The plan will incorporate state level plans as well as Federal Government sectoral plans with an emphasis on ensuring adequate budgetary allocation in order to create a safe learning environment for teaching, learning and restoring confidence in the education system

“Consultations are currently on the way with states, Local Governments and other critical agencies of government. The committee is also working to identify the most transparent, effective and accountable ways of mobilising and deploying resources.”